Confessions of a Former Sugar Addict

Hi, I’m Lyla Dusing, former neurotic, self-absorbed, slightly chubby, sugar addict. I kicked the habit about 40 years ago and have been studying nutrition ever since. My favorite pastor frequently says that if you know something that will help someone and don’t tell them, that is a sin. I’m no angel, but I do my best not to offend God or people. I know an awful lot about nutrition and want to share it with others who are struggling with diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, or just want to be more healthy.  Using my skills and experience as a writer, editor, teacher, wife, mom, grandma and great grandma, I’ve written a book. I tell my story (briefly), everything the food industry doesn’t want you to know, a special section on gluten-free eating, and a lot of delicious low sugar, sugar-free, and gluten free recipes.

My book should be out sometime in October. The title is:  Sugar Free and Lovin’ It: What have you got to lose? What do you have to lose?

My purpose in writing this book is to help people who are depressed, overweight, obese, diabetic, hypoglycemic, neurotic, and self-absorbed become healthy, happy, productive and  satisfied. Making good choices is important in achieving that goal. Choosing to eat healthy foods and eliminate refined sugars and starches is a big step towards feeling your best.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

The average person will make somewhere between 50 and 5000 choices a day: when to get up, what to wear, what to eat, who to talk to, what to buy, what games to play on the I-Pad, which e-mails to ignore and which ones to answer. Make the best choices for you. You owe it to yourself.

Probably the most important thing you can take away from this book is that you have the choice to take control of your life before you can solve the problems you are experiencing. For example, a celebrity endorser who has lost weight on a specific plan tells you that you can do the same thing. That person is telling you to let their sponsor make your food choices because they know better than you do.

Since I chose to eliminate sugar, starch, alcohol, and caffeine from my diet in the 1970s, my health improved tremendously. Life is good. I have more energy than ever before. Relationships improved.

In my life, faith has been an all important part. As my faith grew, everything in life started falling into place. It matters not what denomination you belong to or how many hours you have devoted to a certain place of worship, it is the relationship with a higher power that is the all important concept we call “faith.”

It is through faith that I experience freedom. Freedom, to me, means absence of feeling oppressed or victimized. It doesn’t come from the government or any other external force, but from an inner feeling of peace and being able to make my own good choices and not feel bad when some of those choices don’t turn out so good.

My prayer is that you will gain the knowledge to make the best choices for yourself and that my story will give you the motivation to achieve your goals.